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How to Find the SPSS Mean Mode Median

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In order to find the SPSS mean mode median, you’ll need to use the Frequency tab. It seems a little counter-intuitive, but the Descriptive Statistics tab does not give you the option to find the mode or the median.

SPSS has a very similar interface to Microsoft Excel. Therefore, if you’ve used Microsoft Excel before, you will quickly adapt to SPSS.

SPSS Mean Mode Median: Steps

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Sample question: Find the SPSS mean mode median for the following data set: 20,23,35,66,55,66

Step 1: Open SPSS. In the “What would you like to do?” dialog box, click the “type in data” radio button and then click “OK.” A new worksheet will open. Note: If you have opted out of the first help screen, you may not see this option. In that case, just start at Step 2.
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Step 2: Type your data into the worksheet. You can type the data into one column or multiple columns if you have multiple data sets. For this example, type 20,23,35,66,55,66 into column 1. Do not leave spaces between the data (i.e. don’t leave any empty rows).

Step 2: Click “Analyze,” hover over “Descriptive Statistics” and then click “Frequencies.”

Step 3: Click “Statistics” and then check the boxes “mean”, “mode” and “median.” Click “Continue” twice (select “none” as the chart type in the second window).
Note: In some versions of SPSS, you may only have to click “Continue” once and it may not give you an option for chart type.

The frequency results will appear as output. The top part of the output will display the mean, mode and median.

If you scroll down, the frequency table will also show you the mode. The mode is defined in statistics as the number with the highest frequency (for this sample data set, the number appearing the most is 66, with two results in the frequency column).
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How to Find the SPSS Mean Mode Median was last modified: October 15th, 2017 by Stephanie

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